Max Soloff

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Mustache elicits Taliban death threats

<b>"I can leave my family, I can leave Pakistan, but I can never cut my mustache again," said Afridi [EPA]</b><p>Even being kidnapped and exiled by militants hasn’t scared Malik Afridi into shaving his impressive bristles<p>Liz Fields<p>August 16, 2013 9:55pm (UTC)<p>This may be the mustache that launched a thousand …

13 CEOs and Founders Reveal Their Top Productivity Hacks | Inc.com

Speed bumps and vomit are the Hyperloop’s biggest challenges

If it’s built, the Hyperloop may feel more like a roller coaster than a train<p>It’s now been three days since Elon Musk unveiled his alpha plans for the Hyperloop, the radical and ambitious high-speed transit line that promises passage from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. And while …

Apple App Store Monopoly Suit Undermined by Pesky “Detail”

Apple has won a dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that it maintains a monopoly over iOS applications — albeit on a technicality.<p>In a Thursday order, …

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Former Apple employees call ‘Jobs’ biopic a ‘work of fiction’, explain how it really happened

<b>Update:</b> Steve Wozniak provided some of his thoughts on the film to Gizmodo after seeing ‘JOBS’ last night.<p>With the new Steve ‘Jobs’ biopic starring Ashton Kutcher set to hit theaters nationwide today, Slashdot just posted an interview with two former Apple employees who gave their take on some of …

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Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized

One of the greatest facets of reddit are the thriving subreddits, niche communities of people who share a passion for a specific topic. One of the …

Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.<p>The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead …

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Space Oddities: 8 of the Strangest Exoplanets

Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar system, there are more than 900 confirmed exoplanets and thousands of additional candidates. Some of the worlds out there are just plain out-there.<p>Twenty years after scientists confirmed the first planets beyond our solar …

Timeless Branding Lessons From A Young Steve Jobs

To understand how a legacy lasts, let’s flash back to when Steve Jobs rebuilt his own.<p>“It’s a complicated and noisy world,” mused a younger Steve Jobs, “and we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us. “<p>That chance to make a memory, he says, is the essence of brand …

Chinese Zoo Fails at Trying to Have a Dog Pass for a Lion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Chinese zoos are depressing places—an ostrich was bitten and killed by a patron at one; some people …

New Clues for How to Remember Dreams

A new study suggests that there are distinct differences in brain function between people who remember their dreams and those who don't.<p>This morning, I woke up with a very strong memory of staging a political coup in my sleep. Why I happened to remember my dream so vividly when I woke up, it's hard …

America’s most profitable company per employee makes your phone work—and it’s not Apple

You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the name InterDigital, despite the fact that it has been around since 1972 and developed many of the technologies that are critical to our increasingly mobile, wireless world. As a result, per employee, InterDigital is the most profitable company in the US, …

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How Much Do Average Apps Make?

The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of people rushing to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android. But looking at the installed user base on each platform and information on the payouts made by the different companies, it appears that the vast majority of developers will find …

Brains Of Dying Rats Yield Clues About Near-Death Experiences

A burst of brain activity just after the heart stops may be the cause of so-called near-death experiences, scientists say.<p>The insight comes from research involving nine lab rats whose brains were analyzed as they were being euthanized. Researchers discovered what appears to be a momentary increase …

Tibet opens up as new domestic tax haven | Financial Times

Cayman Islands, step aside. Private equity funds looking to cut their tax bills have a new option some 3,600 metres above sea level at the foot of …

15-Ton Glob of Fat Removed From London Sewer

They call them "fatbergs," and we can use them for good.<p>Thames Water officials took to BBC today to announce that they successfully "removed 15 tons of fat and debris all congealed in one massive lump in a Thames sewer."<p>They call these things fatbergs. This one, the size of a bus, was the biggest …

Sun will flip its magnetic field soon, NASA says

The sun is gearing up for a major solar flip, NASA says.<p>In an event that occurs once every 11 years, the magnetic field of the sun will change its polarity in a matter of months, according to new observations by NASA-supported observatories.<p>The flipping of the sun's magnetic field marks the peak of …

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Chinese anger as Japan launches biggest warship since WWII

Japan has launched its biggest warship since World War II on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, sparking Chinese accusations of a military escalation as tensions simmer between the two countries over disputed islands.<p>A ceremony was held in Yokohama on Tuesday for the 19,500 ton …

Noaa report says Arctic sea ice is disappearing at unprecedented pace

The Arctic lost record amounts of sea ice last year and is changing at an unprecedented pace due to climate change, a landmark climate study said on Tuesday.<p>Last year was among the 10 warmest years on record – ranking eighth or ninth depending on the data set, according to a report led by the …

The Coolest Places To Eat, Drink, And Play In Paris

No, we're not talking about Bognor Regis — we're talking about Paris, duh! And, now is the time to steal a weekend away from your social calendar, for we've planned your mini city break, and it's got youshopping, sipping, and dining like a local — with not a tourist in sight, we promise.First stop …

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How We Created a Fake Vodka Brand to Promote Our Startup

<i>Editors note: This is a guest post by Kevin Bracken, founder of Speakeasy, a social space sharing marketplace. Whilst we by no means condone the act of selling alcohol without the legalities addressed before hand, the “hustle” in this is undeniably impressive.</i><p>The month was January 2013. We had a …

America’s Secret Government Program to Hire Nazi War Criminals

Mad that our government lied about the NSA spying program? That’s nothing. In 1945, it lied about recruiting Nazis as spies—and the truth lay hidden …

5 Exciting Tech Companies You've Probably Never Heard Of

One of the most interesting aspects of digital technology is its ability to disrupt. These days, scale is no match for innovation and speed.<p>Still, the new technologies that we usually hear about are from tech giants like Apple and Amazon, Facebook and Google, Microsoft, IBM and the like. On any …

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks

In a new blog post, Samsung describes ten “hidden” or “semi-secret” features of the Galaxy S4, which some of you may not be aware of.<p>Coincidentally or not, the Samsung post went live on the same day Verizon and Motorola unveiled new Droid smartphones, and a day ahead of the upcoming Nexus 7 …

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The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

Free Software Tool Aims To Fight Government Secrecy

This crowdfunded Freedom Of Information Act algorithm seeks to liberate guarded knowledge.<p>The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), first enacted in 1966 provides a way for citizens, activists, and journalists to coax information out of the government. The Government doesn't make this easy, but a new, …

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to …